History will be showcased at Black Isle Show

THE history of farming will come alive at the Black Isle Show which will include lots of interactive activities.

Now in its 180th year, the Black Isle Show will take place on August 2 and 3 at the Mannsfield Showground in Muir of Ord.

And it is part of the Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology 2017 and will feature numerous events such as a vintage tractor parade and a discovery area where visitors can take a look back and experience techniques from through the ages.


Rod Mackenzie, the show’s secretary said: “We are delighted to be celebrating the Year of History Heritage and Archaeology. The very fact that we are 180 years old says it all. Every year we have a core team of people who work so hard to put on this show and every year we are amazed with how well received it is. Farming has obviously changed massively over the years and the show itself has had to change and adapt to meet the needs of the exhibitors and visitors, but what hasn’t changed is the fact that farming and the activities related to it are still just as popular as ever.”

He added: “That is why this year it was important for us to become part of the Year of History, Heritage & Archaeology. Being part of this initiative has made us have a good think about the show and how we meet the directive and I think what we have will offer our visitors a really unique and enjoyable experience and day out.

Discovery Area

“One of our main attractions to fit in with this theme is a new discovery area. Visitors will be able to watch the traditional way of spinning wool, experience what it is like to milk a cow by hand and see a farriery demonstration, dry stone dyking demo, steam engine and vintage machinery display to name just a few of the attractions. The discovery area will illustrate to people how farming has evolved over the years.”

Marie Christie, Head of Development for VisitScotland Events Directorate said: “The Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology is a celebration of Scotland’s people, our traditions, our distinct culture, our landscapes, attractions and icons, as well as our hidden gems.

“The Black Isle Show has been showcasing Scottish farming history and traditions for 180 years. This great agricultural showcase has been an institution in the Highland community since it began and proves as popular as ever today with locals and visitors alike. It is a great day out for all the family and a real highlight in the Scottish agricultural events calendar. This year’s discovery area is a great way for attendees to engage with the past and make the most of this momentous year.”

Usual attractions

The Black Isle Show will as always feature the usual firm favourites such as the livestock parade, more than 300 traders and stallholders, the craft and food hall, the flower show with over 500 exhibits, funfair and speciality bars and beer tents. Making a comeback this year will be the dancing sheep and for the first time, the crowds will be wowed by the Backdraft Fire Engine which will be pirouetting, showing off its wheelies and blowing flames three meters into the sky.



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NOTICE – updated 1 May 2020
Black Isle Farmers’ Society Directors and Secretary met virtually last night to discuss the possibility, in light of the Coronavirus Pandemic, of running the 2020 Black Isle Show due to be held on Thursday 6th August at its permanent site at Mannsfield, Muir of Ord.
On behalf of the 9 strong board of Directors, President for 2020, Mrs Frieda Mckenzie said “our Directors were unanimous in the sad but inevitable decision to cancel the 2020 show.  As a Society we enjoy and relish staging such an important event for the Highlands but for this year with a most exceptional set of circumstances we have a responsibility to protect our exhibitors, traders, guests and the general public from such an unknown and devastating disease.”
Company Secretary, Rod Mackenzie, also said “this was a decision we could have taken 4 weeks ago but we always lived in the hope that the situation might have shown some improvement in that time.  My optimism was buoyed on by encouragement and enthusiasm from exhibitors, trade stand holders and regular attendees who set a huge emphasis on Black Isle Show as a shop window and trading platform for their goods, products and services.  Like every other year planning for the next year’s show never halts but instead of 12 months preparation there will be 15 months instead.  The date for the 2021 show is Thursday 5th August with the preview evening on Wednesday 4th August.